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Six Ways of Blackbird

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A cactus wren made of wood, mounted on particle board used to cover a window, Ajo, Arizona

~~ 1 ~~
late winter morning—
blackbird surveys his domain
from a chimney top
~~ 2 ~~
In weakness and woe
a weary pilgrim wanders,
blackbird at her side.
~~ 3 ~~
Blackbird on the wing
hears the hapless harlot’s cry
as her night begins.
~~ 4 ~~
A blackbird ignores
the blasts and blights of fortune
as she builds her nest.
~~ 5 ~~
a trickle of blood
from the blackbird’s open beak—
early morning crash
~~ 6 ~~
a curse and a cry—
and the blackbird disappears
for another year

Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Castoffs from the sea, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México

riches from the sea
summoned by an eagle’s cry—
tongue of salt and fire

Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Of this week’s dozen words I have used: chill, rattle, cry, plaster, drum, chill

~~ 1 ~~
wrapped in a straw mat—
three smooth stones from the river
ripe with autumn’s chill
an axe to split them open
for sucking out the marrow
~~ 2 ~~
Startled by the cry
of a ripening cherry,
the old man stumbles,
breaking his arm’s plaster cast
into a thousand pieces.
~~ 3 ~~
the rain is over
for seven years and a day
empty husks rattle—
little playthings of the wind
drumming up more misery

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Late summer twilight, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California

clearing the flyway
for every star in waiting
crow’s persistent cry

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Sundown at the ocean’s edge, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México

flight of the eagle
stepping into the world of dreams—
a silent cry

settling on the succulents
the hunter’s breath at sundown

*Opening gambit © by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem
Final two lines and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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